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Friday, September 03, 2010
All that stretching and potassium yesterday really did the trick, because I feel a million times better today. My muscles aren't at 100% just yet, but they are well enough that I don't have any excuses for not working out.
After work I did two miles, in a cold fog. It was easier today then when I ran it two days ago, either from actually getting in shape or the cold moist air. My stomach also wasn't completely empty, because I forgot that I had to run tonight. I did cramp a little bit on my right side, below the rib cage, but I didn't get sick and make cake. I really felt like I could do another mile, and can't believe how much stronger I feel compared to a week ago. I think I will push it a little past two miles on my next run, and possibly three by the end of next week. I do need to be careful, because now that I can push myself past the point where my body says stop, I could end up doing damage. I also cooled down faster than last time, so there has been definite progress. After a shower, I didn't even feel fatigued, and had enough energy to go out and do it again. This was new and empowering feeling that I don't think I have ever felt. Forcing myself to stay on my scheduled runs really is paying off, and I'm definitely starting to get hooked on fitness. The only way I have been able to do this is by making this something that I have to do, like brushing my teeth or going to work. I am committed to training beyond the Tough Mudder, and will continue to push toward higher fitness levels for the rest of my life.
I am starting to really hate my Vibram Five Finger KSO Trek shoes for running on concrete and I'm thinking of checking out the Bikila running model tomorrow at the Redwood Trading Post. I haven't found any deals online, as the shoe is a newer model. So if the in store price plus tax is on par with online plus shipping, I just might pick up a pair. Don't misunderstand me, I love these shoes. It's just that the tread on the KSO Trek can be painful when running on concrete, especially towards the end of the first mile.